ARCADE: Automated Reading Comprehension and Diagnostic Evaluation
This web page summarizes the results of the recently funded feasibility study
"Development and Evaluation of an Automatized Comprehension Assessment Tool".
The study was funded by the National Science Foundation Information Technology
Research (ITR) Initiative
(Research, Evaluation, and Communication (REC) Division)
Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)
a Research and Learning On Education (ROLE) Program Award (0113369).
LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE OF THE NSF-FUNDED ARCADE PROJECT
The long-term goal of the ARCADE (Automated Reading Comprehension
and Diagnostic Evaluation) project is to develop a nationally available
web-based diagnostic system that will be capable of assessing complex
comprehension based upon student free response data. The goal
of combining information extraction techniques and advanced psychometric
techniques in novel ways is intended to provide detailed assessment and
diagnostic information for use by teachers and students in the service
of improving classroom instruction and learning. The ARCADE system
would also contribute to a data infrastructure useable by other investigators.
Specifically, computer scientists and educators interested in the development
of new theories of comprehension and assessment would be able
to access the database we develop in the course of using ARCADE with students.
Thus, in addition to improving educational effectiveness in classrooms
on a national level, the ARCADE system has the potential to provide
a nation-wide database for facilitating the advancement of scientific
research in both the fields of reading comprehension and information
This material is based upon work supported by the National
Science Foundation under Grant No. 0113669.
Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed
in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily
reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.